• Paul Steinhauser

Ex-Gov. Bill Weld takes 1st step toward Trump primary challenge

Updated: Mar 11, 2019

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is preparing to primary President Trump. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Bill Weld has launched a committee to explore a Republican primary challenge against President Trump.

Weld formally made the announcement Friday at "Politics and Eggs," a must stop in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for any White House hopeful.

“I am establishing an exploratory committee to pursue the possibility of my running for the presidency of the United States as a Republican in the 2020 election. I encourage those of you who are watching the current administration nervously but saying nothing to stand up and speak out,” Weld declared to the audience and a large gathering of local and national reporters.

Fox News reported on Wednesday that Weld, a very vocal Trump critic, would likely announce at "Politics and Eggs" that he was taking a step toward launching a longshot bid to unseat the president. The event kicked off a two-day swing by Weld through the state, meeting with GOP activists and former leaders.

Weld warned in his speech that “our country is in grave peril and I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines anymore.”

And he slammed Trump, claiming “we have a president whose priorities are skewed toward promoting of himself rather than toward the good of the country.”

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